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  • Sultan_1895-1948
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    Originally posted by [email protected]
    Naw. Gehrig wasn't the type to let himself get a paunch. Too active.

    Bill
    At some point it's not about being active, it's about how much you take in, and your metabolism. Babe was as active as anyone, but during the season his belly gained size, until the offseason when he worked his butt off. Gehrig was just a genetic freak.

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  • Bill Burgess
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    Originally posted by johnny
    agreed. but hey, the image of post baseball lou gehrig with a paunch due to being a couch potato is kind of amusing
    Naw. Gehrig wasn't the type to let himself get a paunch. Too active.

    Bill

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  • johnny
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    Originally posted by [email protected]
    Quite right. Back to baseball. Today's The DAY!

    BB
    agreed. but hey, the image of post baseball lou gehrig with a paunch due to being a couch potato is kind of amusing

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  • Bill Burgess
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    Originally posted by DoubleX
    Anyone else think we're straying a bit too far from baseball?
    Quite right. Back to baseball. Today's The DAY!

    BB

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  • DoubleX
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    Anyone else think we're straying a bit too far from baseball?

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  • Bill Burgess
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    Even if good Americans fight wars against others, isn't it still OK to feel bad that one must kill good Germans, Italians, Japanese, etc. Just because they were taken over & misled by bad people, it still is alright to grieve for having to kill good people.

    Even if the smart ones saw through the bad leaders, if they were drafted, they had to serve, or else. Just like our brave kids, been ordered to invade, conquer, occupy and now kill/control good foreigners. Killing must feel bad no matter what the circumstances. I pray to the Lord I'll never have to kill, not even a burglar.

    Bill

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  • Bill Burgess
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    Thanks, Brownie. I like that. Makes me feel better.

    BB

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  • Brownie31
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    Gehrig detested Hitler in the 1930s. He would have, most probably, have done what he could for the USA, just like most German Americans, including a fellow named Eisenhower. Were Dimaggio or Crosetti upset that we fought Mussolini? Brownie31

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  • Bill Burgess
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    Originally posted by wamby
    Before the war the German Reich was fairly well supported in German neighborhoods in New York. The Bund had some well attended rallies at Madison Square Garden in the late 1930s. The Nazi's virulent anti-Communism was seen as a plus. I would guess that more than a few Americans' of that era also agreed with their anti-Semitic policies also.
    Back when, the ultra-nationalists used comunism as the unifying bogeyman. Today, it's 'terrorists'. What would they do without their unifying BS? The 'Emporer' has no clothes. No excuse to deny us our hard-won rights to fight the 'bad guys'. Patriot Act GOTTA GO!!
    Last edited by Bill Burgess; 04-03-2006, 02:37 PM.

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  • Bill Burgess
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    Originally posted by csh19792001
    Bill, I think "misguided" is the most polite and euphemized adjective that one could possibly conceive regarding Adolf Hitler.
    Isn't it refreshing to hear a civil presentation for a change. Honestly, I assume everyone knows that gentleman's colors/agenda. No need to state the obvious, I think. Alright. He stinks.

    Bill

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  • wamby
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    Before the war the German Reich was fairly well supported in German neighborhoods in New York. The Bund had some well attended rallies at Madison Square Garden in the late 1930s. The Nazi's virulent anti-Communism was seen as a plus. I would guess that more than a few Americans' of that era also agreed with their anti-Semitic policies also.

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  • csh19792001
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    Originally posted by [email protected]
    If Lou had to actually fight Germans in WWII, I think he would have been profoundly sad. Even knowing his good countrymen had been misled by a misguided political leader.
    Bill
    Bill, I think "misguided" is the most polite and euphemized adjective that one could possibly conceive regarding Adolf Hitler.

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  • Bill Burgess
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    Like Babe, Lou was German. His parents were born in the old country and spoke German fluently at home. When Lou married Eleanor, she took him to Wagnerian operas, and he loved them so much he bought the librettos. They'd go backstage to compliment their favorite soprano, (and mine) Kirsten Flagstad.

    If Lou had to actually fight Germans in WWII, I think he would have been profoundly sad. Even knowing his good countrymen had been misled by a misguided political leader.

    Bill
    Last edited by Bill Burgess; 04-03-2006, 04:20 PM.

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  • Elvis
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    Originally posted by wamby
    Gable wasn't in the tank corps. I seriously doubt that there were any over 40 year old recruits on the ground in North Africa. Unless Gehrig was in the army to play baseball, I don't think he would have been tken into the military services.
    My bad. He was in the Army Air Corps. He didn't spend his time in the service making movies, although he did volunteer for several non-combat B-17 missions over Germany in prep for the Memphis Belle documentary. Henry Fonda, also pushing 40, served full Naval combat duty in the Pacific theatre. Anyway, the whole point is that Gehrig wasn't too old to serve if he wanted to, which I still think he would've. Whether or not he was physically fit no one will ever know.

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  • johnny
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    Originally posted by bkmckenna
    my belief is that he would have played until he retired, raised money for war bonds, attended babe's funeral, become a movie personality starring as a quiet western hero in a bunch of audie murphy films, stopped by the yankee clubhouse every now and again until stengel chucked him out, sat at home mesmerized by the boob tube, have a few beers and kiss his wife and kids good night
    well, so much for the formerly awesome physique. h but hey, it gets the best of us. he could have ended up looking like the Bambino for all we know

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